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This position will report dually to the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration and to the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs to provide technology leadership in all facets of the university.
The AVCIT will lead efforts to develop and communicate a shared vision for the role of information technology in advancing the University’s research, teaching and public service mission. This vision will encompass the application of emerging trends in education to support traditional and online education, administrative processes, research, outreach, and public service.
The successful candidate will be a person who can provide passion, creativity and can ably communicate with all stakeholders in developing a strategic plan and direction for campus wide technology initiatives while delivering high-quality, innovative and efficient services. Strategic technology efforts include, but are not limited to, online education, the promotion and development of efficient centralized infrastructure and services, a customer/cost/quality focused technology evaluation process, and excellent stakeholder support.
The University is searching for a candidate with demonstrable skills in developing a great technology team, building and maintaining a cutting edge infrastructure, and providing leadership, management, and support with new technology initiatives. A commitment to diversity and the advancement of multicultural and interdisciplinary education is a must.
The ACVIT actively promotes direction and innovation of technology in education, and represents the University’s technology interests, at the regional, state and national level. This position directs the activities of the university Information Technology Services (ITS) divisions of Networking Services, Technical Services, User Support, Applications Development and Operations.
• Bachelor’s degree in related field from an accredited institution of higher education.
• Ten years of technical and professional experience in an information technology environment of comparable scale and complexity that demonstrates progressive responsibilities and accomplishments in leadership roles building and maintaining a robust infrastructure.
• Ten years of effective management level supervisory and leadership responsibilities.
• Excellent speaking and writing skills.
• Strong interpersonal skills and the demonstrated ability to collaborate and establish effective working relationships with a wide variety of people as a part of a senior leadership team.
• Strong analytical and decision-making abilities and demonstrated ability to effect and manage change.
• Demonstrated knowledge and experience with IT strategic planning, budgeting and personnel management.
• Graduate degree in information technology, computer science, management information systems, educational technology or other technology related field strongly preferred.
• Experience in a higher education environment strongly preferred.
• Participation in Higher Education and/or technology related professional organizations.
• Demonstrated experience in leading IT governance and development of policies and procedures.
• Experience in the development and management of technologies required for the delivery of online education initiatives.
• Experience with sponsored research, grants and contracts.
• Proven negotiation skills with vendors, contractors and others.
This is a full-time, 12-month, non-classified position that will require a pre-employment criminal background and registry check, a financial history background check and drug screen. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication or adverse financial history information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check and drug screening information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.
Location: The University of Arkansas is a land grant, doctoral, very high research University. As the flagship campus of the University of Arkansas System, the Fayetteville campus enrolls over 23,000 students. In February 2011, the University was elevated to the highest possible classification - Research University/Very High - by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching during its recent reclassification of the nation’s 4,633 universities and colleges. The University of Arkansas is one of 108 schools with this distinction. Located in the Ozark Mountains of Northwest Arkansas with an approximate metropolitan area population in excess of 300,000, the city of Fayetteville and the Northwest Arkansas region are regularly recognized nationally as one of the best places to live. The region offers affordable housing, excellent schools and ample recreational, cultural and professional opportunities.
Salary: The salary will be based upon the qualifications of the successful candidate. The fringe benefits package offered by the university is competitive.
Application: Interested persons should submit electronically their letter of application, resume, and contact information for at least three professional references to email@example.com
Questions may be directed to: Sandra Perrodin, Assistant to the AVCIT Search Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org or via telephone at (479) 575-4547.
Completed applications received by May 30, 2012 will be assured full consideration of the search committee. Late applications will be reviewed as necessary until a successful candidate is chosen.
The University of Arkansas is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The University welcomes applications without regard to age, race, gender, national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, veteran status or sexual orientation. Applicants must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States. All applicants are subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.
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